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got hold of a 1996 mk1 sport, but the harmonic damper on the pulley has gone, and ive not got the proper tool to get the crank bolt off :) my local garage says he will remove it for me , but ive to get the car to him, i cant put the car back together as im awaiting parts for it ,so its a tow job, can you tow a gs300?

the distance between me and the garage is say 15 miles

Cheers

Steve

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got hold of a 1996 mk1 sport, but the harmonic damper on the pulley has gone, and ive not got the proper tool to get the crank bolt off :) my local garage says he will remove it for me , but ive to get the car to him, i cant put the car back together as im awaiting parts for it ,so its a tow job, can you tow a gs300?

the distance between me and the garage is say 15 miles

Cheers

Steve

Not advisable to tow autobox cars unless you disconnect propshaft.

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The owners manual says

Never tow a vehicle with an automatic transmission

from the front with rear wheels on the ground, as

this may cause serious damage to the transmission

but does say in a later paragraph

If towing service is not available in an emergency, your

vehicle may be temporarily towed by a cable secured to

one of the eyelets under the front or rear of the vehicle.

A driver must be in the vehicle to steer it and operate the

brakes. Towing in this manner may be done only on

hard–surfaced roads for a short distance and at low speeds.

Also, the wheels, axles, drive train, steering and brakes must

all be in good condition.

Before towing, release the parking brake and put the

transmission in “N.” The ignition key must be in “ACC”

(engine off) or “ON” (engine running).

I would read "short distance" as being less than 15 miles.

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The owners manual says

Never tow a vehicle with an automatic transmission

from the front with rear wheels on the ground, as

this may cause serious damage to the transmission

but does say in a later paragraph

If towing service is not available in an emergency, your

vehicle may be temporarily towed by a cable secured to

one of the eyelets under the front or rear of the vehicle.

A driver must be in the vehicle to steer it and operate the

brakes. Towing in this manner may be done only on

hard–surfaced roads for a short distance and at low speeds.

Also, the wheels, axles, drive train, steering and brakes must

all be in good condition.

Before towing, release the parking brake and put the

transmission in “N.” The ignition key must be in “ACC”

(engine off) or “ON” (engine running).

I would read "short distance" as being less than 15 miles.

The reason for not towing with rear wheels on ground is because the autobox could be severely damaged because the oilpump in box wont be working. Disconnecting propshaft removes this problem. Ideally towing in reverse with rear wheels on a dolly is ideal.

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The reason for not towing with rear wheels on ground is because the autobox could be severely damaged because the oilpump in box wont be working. Disconnecting propshaft removes this problem. Ideally towing in reverse with rear wheels on a dolly is ideal.

Yeah, agreed. In an emergency, a short distance at slow speed is possible. I wouldn't class 15 miles as a short distance though, more like half a mile, at 5-10 mph max. Disconnecting the prop is definately the way to do it for that kind of distance if towing is the only option.

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